Originally developed as puzzle fun for his partner, the browser game from a developer from New York conquers the internet. If you know the logic game Mastermind, you will quickly find your way around.
A simple puzzle game called Wordle is taking over the internet. In just a few weeks, the free game of a programmer from the USA has not only played its way into the heart of his partner. The program was originally intended for them. But players around the world are now trying to compete.
The game’s developer is Brooklyn-based programmer Josh Wardle, reports the New York Times. He knew that his partner loves puns. So he developed a guessing game just for the two of them. In reference to his last name, he called it Wordle. And when the game was well received in his family’s WhatsApp group, he finally published it.
The secret behind the success is the simplicity of the game. Like the Sudoku popular in magazines or simple crossword puzzles, it can be solved in a few minutes. Anyone who knows the game Mastermind will quickly find their way around the puzzle.
The player has six attempts to guess a five-letter English solution word. After each word entered, the program deposits the letters with three different colors. Correct letters in the correct place are marked in green. Correct letters in the wrong place are highlighted in yellow. And incorrect letters appear in gray.
Every day players can guess a new word and share their results on social networks. In addition to the simplicity of the game, this is probably another reason why the puzzle spread so quickly. Players mostly share their results on Twitter.
There are now countless sites that deal with finding simple solutions. If you look for Wordle Word Finder or Wordle Solver you will find it. Attention: In the meantime, rip-offs have become aware of the hype and are offering paid Wordle clones in the app stores. “They pretend they are the original Wordle and lure with fun games,” writes the specialist magazine W&V. Expensive rip-off subscriptions are hidden behind the apps.